Martha: A Picture Story (2019)

  • Biography, Documentary
  • 1h 24m
“I was willing to do whatever it took. And it turned out it took a lot”

An underground icon of ‘70s New York, intrepid photographer Martha Cooper captured some of the first vivid images of subway graffiti and became an unexpected champion of the city’s street life in the process. As the lone female intern at National Geographic and a staff photographer at the New York Post, she photographed everything from Japanese tattoos to the encroaching evils of gentrification, eventually publishing Subway Art, widely known as the “graffiti bible”, in 1984. More than thirty years later, _Martha: A Picture Story_sees Australian filmmaker Selina Miles follow the eternally curious trailblazer at the age of 75 as she rockets from Berlin to Baltimore and back again, splicing a rich collection of archival footage with her still-kinetic career in photojournalism.

“Thoroughly engaging… In so many ways she has been ahead of her time.” — Sydney Morning Herald


Selina Miles




Australia, United States